Minneapolis Travel Guide & Information

Minneapolis, the largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota, is very famous for its artistic culture, drawing creative residents and vacationers interested in visual art, writing and music. It is one of the nation's biggest little cities, brimming with activity and charm. The city's 24 lakes provide the perfect backdrop for picnicking in the summertime and ice skating in the winter. The name "Minneapolis" means "The City of Lakes”, it’s a mash-up of the Dakota word “Minnie” and the Ancient Greek word “Polis”, referring to the city's natural lakes.

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Travel to Minneapolis, a city that is recognized as one of many cultural and entertainment capitals in the United States. The skyline is made up of attractive high-rise buildings, many of which are linked by a series of enclosed overhead walkways, skyways. Flights to Minneapolis are your ticket to the city perched on the west of the Mississippi River and boasts an abundance of unique sights and attractions.

From an urban sculpture gardens to one of the largest malls in America, the variety is surely going to appeal to even the most discerning travelers. The city offers an extensive repertoire of cultural events and multiple culinary treats. Whether you choose to relax at a sidewalk caf or enjoy an evening at the theater, Minneapolis has everything you’d expect out of a world class tourist destination.


Things to do in Minneapolis


Minneapolis is home to some wonderful museums that offer excellent exhibits reflecting the city’s rich historical and cultural heritage.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts: is a fine art museum and features an encyclopedia collection of approximately 80,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of world history. Its collection includes paintings, photographs, prints & drawings, textiles, architecture and decorative arts. There are collections of African art and art from Oceania and the Americas as well as a collection of Asian art.

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Minnesota History Center: is a large museum and library, which serves as the headquarters for the Minnesota Historical Society. Interactive exhibits at the Minnesota History Center depict the history of the state from the perspectives of explorers and settlers. The museum exhibits feature large-scale objects, hands-on experiences and multimedia presentations.

Science Museum of Minnesota: is an American museum focused on topics in technology, natural history, physical science and mathematics education. The museum has exhibits on archaeology, technology and biology, as well as many hands-on exhibits for kids. The museum's 70,000 square feet of space includes a 10,000-square-foot temporary exhibit gallery and five permanent galleries.

Prominent Attractions:

Minneapolis has an overabundance of prominent attractions that appeal to all types of travelers.

Cedar Lake: is a lake on the west side of Minneapolis. It is part of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway. The Cedar Lake Trail, on the north shore of the lake, serves as both a recreational trail and a link for non-motorized commuters to reach downtown Minneapolis. Cedar Lake is also popular for canoeing and swimming, with three official swimming beaches. The most notable being "Hidden Beach", which remains the most popular swimming and sun bathing area on Cedar Lake.

Mall of America: Located in the southern suburb of Bloomington, the futuristic superstructure is recognized as the largest enclosed shopping and entertainment complex in the country, welcoming over 42 million visitors each year. It’s also the fifth most visited attraction in the USA with world-class shopping, family entertainment, nightlife and numerous dining options.

Minnehaha Park: Overlooking the Mississippi River, it is one of Minneapolis oldest and most popular parks, located at the intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway. The 193-acre park features a 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs and river overlooks. The park contains oak, elm, silver maple, basswood, hackberry and cottonwood trees, as well as native and prairie woodland wild flowers.


Where to Stay in Minneapolis

Whether you want to be close to the airport or downtown, Minneapolis offers visitors a great variety of hotels, ranging from cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, motels and extended stay hotels.

Downtown Minneapolis : is sprinkled with architecturally interesting skyscrapers. This area is home to attractions like Minneapolis Sculpture Garden & Walker Art Center. Downtown Minneapolis also hosts several events. You’ll find all types of budget hotels in this area, as well as 3-star and 4-star hotels.

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Southwest Minneapolis : includes Uptown, Lyn-Lake, Eat Street, Linden Hills, the popular Chain of Lakes and other prominent areas. Southwest Minneapolis is home to several prominent attractions like The Bakken Museum, Hennepin History Museum and Lyndale Park, to name a few. The area has few hostels that would certainly appeal the backpackers and cheap hotels for budget travelers.


Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information available to Minneapolis, here are the latest passport and visa guidelines:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.


When to visit Minneapolis

The summer is the most popular, and perhaps most favorable time to visit because of the warm weather and outdoor activities.

Budget travelers can choose to plan their travel to Minneapolis during late fall or early winter. Visitors travelling during this season can enjoy outdoor activities, including skiing, ice fishing and ice skating. Travelers will also save on airfare and hotels.

Planning your Visit:

Peak season: (April to August)

Off-Peak season: (November to March)

Minneapolis Weather

Minneapolis has a continental climate typical of the Midwest. Winters can be cold and dry, while summer comfortably warm, although humidity is common.

* June through September, visitors to Minneapolis will experience hot weather and a humid climate.

* Winters in Minneapolis are very cold, especially from December and January, February being the coldest month of the year.

Currency and Language:


Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available throughout Minneapolis. Before departure, be sure to call your bank and let them know your dates of travel. Find out about the cost of cash withdraws.


* English is the primary language spoken.

* Many people also speak Spanish.